15 items from 2014
As the undisputed king of American gothic, Vincent Price holds a unique position regarding his association with British horror. From the mid sixties, nearly all his films were made in the UK, and while not as distinguished as The House of Usher (1960), Tales of Terror (1962) and The Raven (1963), they are not without interest. As an actor perfectly suited to English gothic, Price’s output includes two career-defining performances. In a nutshell, he had the best of both worlds.
Masque of the Red Death (1964)
The British phase of his career began with a bang. After directing all of Price’s Poe chillers for American International Pictures, Roger Corman wanted to give the formula a fresh approach by making his next film in England. Aip’s Samuel Z Arkoff and James H Nicholson had already produced several European films, so the next step was to establish a London base with Louis M Heyward in charge. »
Herzog fans, rejoice. Fandor has attained exclusive streaming rights for no less than 16 (!) of the German auteur's films. "Aguirre the Wrath of God" has its bow on April 10, with one new title launching each week through July 2014. Fandor's recent CEO and Toh! contributor Ted Hope helped to negotiate the deal for the site. So, which Herzog films are part of this new collection? The titles span three decades, incorporating both narrative and documentary, and include all the director's work with his stormy muse Klaus Kinski (as well as the documentary on their insanely tempestuous relationship, "My Best Fiend"). Meanwhile, the 71-year-old Herzog is still as active and marvelously unpredictable as ever: He's finishing up filming in Morocco on Gertrude Bell/T.E. Lawrence biopic "Queen of the Desert," starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson, and has school shooting dark comedy "Vernon God Little" up next, with the unlikely names of Pamela Anderson, »
- Beth Hanna
Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of Roger Ebert's death and in memory of the late, great film critic who articulately taught us all to love and appreciate film, Fandor's Kevin B. Lee has put together a great video essay on Werner Herzog's classic "Aguirre: The Wrath of God" (1972), with snippets from Ebert's Great Movies review. (Watch below.) "Aguirre," an imaginative retelling of ruthless Basque-Spanish conquistador Don Lope de Aguirre's (played by the untouchable Klaus Kinski) treacherous journey down the Amazon River in search of El Dorado, was Ebert's favorite Herzog film. It placed high on his Sight & Sound poll of the greatest films of all time. Ebert and the German auteur were longtime friends, so it's no surprise that in Ebert's memoir "Life Itself," Herzog gets a full chapter. It's a must-read for film fans, rife with moving anecdotes about their relationship and shared love of cinema. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
What’s difficult about making this list is finding a balance between a successful Kubrickian film that either predates or pays homage to Kubrick and, for lack of a better term, is a ripoff. Now that we’ve hit the apex, it’s clear that these are, regardless of influence, quality films. What sets them apart is their ability to evoke Kubrick’s greatness (or inspire it), while delivering a stand-alone masterpiece. If Kubrick took the helm for any of these films, the result wouldn’t delineate too much. Still. Kubrick is a genius because he always kept us guessing.
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10. Fitzcarraldo (1982)
Directed by Werner Herzog
What makes it Kubrickian? It’s a film about extreme obsession and the unreasonable lengths a man will go to when consumed by it. Fitzcarraldo is the story of Brian Sweeny “Fitzcarraldo” Fitzgerald (Klaus Kinski) and his entry into the rubber industry. »
- Joshua Gaul
As reported late last year, Lesbian Vampire Killers' director Phil Claydon has scored the New Line horror Crawlspace for his next gig, under the watchful eye of producer James Wan. As production gets nearer the cast is now starting to come together, and the first announced is Erin Moriarty, lately to be seen as Woody Harrelson's daughter Audrey in HBO's brilliant True Detective.Gary Dauberman (Conjuring spin-off Annabelle) has written the script, which finds a family moving to a new house and discovering, of course, that it’s full of creepy energy from mysteriously killed previous inhabitants, and that the dark secret of the place is still lurking within. Seriously, kids, just don't ever move house. Moriarty's role hasn't yet been specified, but we're guessing she's a daughter in the relocated clan.This Crawlspace is nothing to do with the other Crawlspaces that already exist. It's not a remake of the 1974 TV-movie, »
Angela Dufresne was born in Connecticut and grew up in Kansas. She studied painting and video at the Kansas City Art Institute and painting at Tyler School of Art. She did residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown in 2002–2004 and 2003–2004 and at Yaddo this year. She taught painting, and culture at large, in various places: Sarah Lawrence, Princeton University, and Rhode Island School of Design (Risd). Dufresne curated several show and video screenings nationally, including Portraiture for the Silicon Enlightenment: (Fuckheads); Negative Joy, a video screening at 443 Pas, New York; and Available, a show about still life at Monya Rowe Gallery. She has exhibited her work in various group shows in museums: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Rose Museum, Mills College Art Museum, Richmond University Museum of Art, and MoMA PS1. She has also had various solo shows nationally and internationally: a project at the Hammer Museum »
The glorious centerpiece of 1982's Fitzcarraldo, in which Klaus Kinski's lunatic outsider undertakes his passion project of bringing opera to the people of Iquitos, Peru, by having a ocean liner pulled over a mountain, was an iconic feat for both the film's bigger-than-life hero and director Werner Herzog.
By extreme contrast, self-taught Kurdish-American filmmaker Jano Rosebiani's mostly English-language drama — tracking an incomprehensible quest to project washed-out Charlie Chaplin shorts in the remote villages of northern Iraq — is deadened by milquetoast characters, uninspired landscape photography, and no perceptible stakes.
Nyu students David (Zack Gold) and Alan (Bennett Viso) are joined on their cross-cultural road trip by a local TV star (K »
Hailed as one of the more interesting takes on the classic story of Dracula, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre is a perfect fit for a company like Scream Factory, which is all about giving proper recognition to films that may have slipped under the radar of fans over the years.
Sink your teeth into the details about this upcoming Blu-ray release!
From the Press Release
Since its release in 1979, Wener Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre has not only become one of the director’s most acclaimed films, but one of the most compelling and visually-striking interpretations of the Dracula story ever committed to film. In his haunting interpretation of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 classic, Herzog eschews the popular conception of the vampire as confident and alluring, and instead focuses on the tragedy of the creature: doomed to immortality, weary, and disgusted at his own existence. A must for both cinephiles and horror fans alike, »
- John Squires
We previously reported that Wener Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre was getting a high-def upgrade from Scream Factory and we’re back with the official release date, a list of bonus features, and a look at the cover art:
“Since its release in 1979, Wener Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre has not only become one of the director’s most acclaimed films, but one of the most compelling and visually-striking interpretations of the Dracula story ever committed to film. In his haunting interpretation of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 classic, Herzog eschews the popular conception of the vampire as confident and alluring, and instead focuses on the tragedy of the creature: doomed to immortality, weary, and disgusted at his own existence. A must for both cinephiles and horror-fans alike, the award-winning Nosferatu the Vampyre makes its Blu-ray debut on May 20th, 2014 from Shout! Factory.
- Jonathan James
When a Werner Herzog film starts casting, you know that it’s going to be a little weird. But there are gradations of weird, and right now Herzog’s adaptation of Vernon God Little is ranking right up there. Yesterday we reported that British comedian Russell Brand was in talks to join the so-called ‘school shooting satire’ and today we learn that both Mike Tyson and Pamela Anderson are also considering joining the cast.
Vernon God Little is based on the book by Dbc Pierre, from a script by Andrew Birkin (Perfume). It takes place in the small town of Martirio, Texas, where a Columbine-style school shooting ends with the shooter and six classmates dead. Although he isn’t the gunman, Vernon is soon suspected of being involved somehow. The film will be Herzog’s next, once he manages to wrap Queen of the Desert.
It’s as yet unclear »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
We have great news for those of you who subscribe to Full Moon Streaming. It has been announced that fifty Blue Underground titles have been acquired by Full Moon Features for their new streaming service:
“Los Angeles, CA, February 3, 2014 – Full Moon Features is proud to announce their most exciting acquisition yet – fifty of cinema’s most obscure and beloved classics from the Blue Underground label will debut on their new subscription-based video streaming service, Full Moon Streaming (www.fullmoonstreaming.com), home to the entire Full Moon Features library. The Blue Underground titles will be released once per week beginning in March, and titles will include Venom (a beloved thriller about a killer snake starring Klaus Kinski, Susan George, and Oliver Reed), Mondo Cane (the Award-Winning documentary that launched the whole “mondo” craze of the sixties), Contamination (a gory Italian homage to Alien), Violent City (the Charles Bronson action classic), Don »
- Jonathan James
Full Moon has been steadily beefing up its streaming service, and if you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, this latest announcement should persuade you and then some. Read on for details, and get those smart TVs ready!
From the Press Release
Full Moon Features is proud to announce their most exciting acquisition yet – fifty of cinema’s most obscure and beloved classics from the Blue Underground label will debut on their new subscription-based video streaming service, FullMoonStreaming.com, home to the entire Full Moon Features library.
Blue Underground titles will include Venom (a beloved thriller about a killer snake starring Klaus Kinski, Susan George, and Oliver Reed), Mondo Cane (the award-winning documentary that launched the whole “Mondo” craze of the Sixties), Contamination (a gory Italian homage to Alien), Violent City (the Charles Bronson action classic), Don’T Torture A Duckling (horror/thriller from Italian godfather of »
- Uncle Creepy
Scream Factory, ever busy preserving horror’s cinematic legacy, recently released another pair of cult classics on Blu-ray, The Beast Within and Crawlspace. Today, we have another double review taking a look back at these two often overlooked genre films.
The Beast Within: The Beast Within is the first theatrical screenplay by now genre vet, Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’s Play). It follows a sickly 17-year-old named Michael MacCleary (Paul Clemens), who, as it turns out, has the misfortune of being the offspring of a violent encounter between a murderous swamp beast and his mother (Bibi Besch). And as Michael begins awkwardly transitioning into a man on the eve of his 18th birthday, he’s also forced to deal with the terrifying evil growing inside that he must overcome. Because, if he doesn’t face his true nature, Michael may forever be lost to his swamp beast lurking »
- Heather Wixson
One of the key components to a successful horror film is a memorable adversary for the protagonists. Often, the villain is human, or once was. Sometimes the foe is a possessed home, or a revenant that just won’t die. In rare cases, the monster is something a little more… unusual. As evidenced in the list below, we sometimes discover the enemy is more bizarre than we could ever dream: evil objects, demonic playthings, even malevolent pastries... monsters come in many forms. With that said, it’s time to take a walk down memory lane and look at ten more of the most unconventional monsters in horror cinema history. [Check out our first ten here.] Note: To avoid a list that features nothing but SyFy Channel originals, we are only considering films that premiered in a medium other than cable television. Dolly Dearest The Child’s Play franchise is hands-down better than Dolly Dearest, and we »
- Tyler Doupe
Charles Band and Full Moon Entertainment have infected just about every possible medium that they could have with their unique brand of lunacy, but they're getting ready to head out into a new frontier with the magazine Delirium.
From the Press Release
A brand new, bi-monthly, Full Color, cult, horror, sci-fi and fantasy Print magazine that scours true tales from the legendary Full Moon archives… and beyond.
For over four delirious decades, filmmaker Charles Band has steadily pumped out a dizzying wealth of some of cinema’s weirdest and wildest horror, fantasy and exploitation genre movies with his iconic labels “Empire Pictures” and “Full Moon Features.” Along the way he has nurtured and enabled such talents as Stuart Gordon, Barbara Crampton, David Schmoeller, Demi Moore, Michael Pataki, Helen Hunt, Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Lee, Tim Thomerson, John Carl Buechler, Don Mancini, Timothy Van Patton, Jeffrey Combs, Michael Moriarty, Andrew Prine, Klaus Kinski, »
- Uncle Creepy
15 items from 2014
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